Eliza Taylor

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Eliza Taylor
Eliza Taylor New 2021.jpg
Taylor in 2021
Eliza Jane Taylor-Cotter[1]

(1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 33)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Years active2003–present
Known for
(m. 2019)

Eliza Jane Morley[2] (née Taylor-Cotter; born 24 October 1989[3]), known professionally as Eliza Taylor, is an Australian actress. She is best known for her roles as Janae Timmins on the Australian soap opera Neighbours (2005–08) and as Clarke Griffin on the dystopian science fiction series The 100 (2014–2020).

Early life[edit]

Taylor was born in Melbourne and has three siblings: two sisters and one brother. Her mother is an author and a graphic designer, and her stepfather was a stand-up comedian, while her biological father used to own cafés around Melbourne. She wanted to be a marine biologist growing up.[4]


2003–2013: Career beginnings and Neighbours[edit]

After a lead role in Pirate Islands, Taylor starred as Rosie Cartwright in The Sleepover Club in 2003. She transitioned to mature audience programs with a guest role on Blue Heelers in 2003.

Taylor got her big breakthrough in the Australian soap opera Neighbours in 2005. She secured the role of Janae Timmins after previously appearing in a guest role in 2003.[5] Taylor had originally auditioned for the role of Lana Crawford, however, actress Bridget Neval was eventually cast.[6] In 2007, Nell Feeney and Sianoa Smit-McPhee, who play Taylor's on-screen mother Janelle Timmins and sister Bree Timmins, were written out by executive producer Ric Pellizzeri, but it was confirmed that they wanted Taylor to remain in the serial as Janae.[7] Later that year, Taylor decided to quit the serial to pursue other projects such as pantomime and a further career in the US.[8] One of her reasons was that all of her on-screen family had been written out and new cast members gave the serial the feel of a different place, adding: "It just didn't feel like the family that I joined when I started three years ago".[9] Taylor finished filming her final studio scenes in 2007 and her final episode was screened on 8 February 2008. In 2007, she was nominated for Best Female at the Inside Soap Awards.

Taylor travelled to the UK in late November 2007, and on 1 December 2007 she turned on the Weymouth Christmas lights. She portrayed Snow White in a Christmas pantomime of Snow White from 19 December 2007 to 6 January 2008 in Weymouth Pavilion, England. [9][10] In 2009, she was in an episode of All Saints and filmed a short drama-comedy movie called The Laundromat.[11] Taylor also filmed a role in the horror movie 6 Plots.[12] She later filmed the pilot of Winners & Losers.[13]

2014–2020: The 100[edit]

Taylor at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con for The 100

On 1 March 2013, it was announced that Taylor had been cast as lead character Clarke Griffin in the new post-apocalyptic science fiction drama series The 100 on The CW.[14][15] The series premiered on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 at 9:00 p.m.[16] Explaining how she got the part in the series, Taylor said:

I didn't actually audition. I'd been living in LA for about a month and my credit card was stolen and all my money was taken – spent at Home Depot, which was great – and I was ready to pack my bags and go back to Australia because I didn't know how I was going to survive in LA any longer and then I got a call from my manager to say that an audition I'd done months ago for a film had been looked at by the producers of this TV show called The 100 and they wanted me to go in for a reading the next day. So I read the script that night and loved it and went in for the meeting the next day and got the role. Before I knew it I was on a plane to Vancouver to shoot the pilot and my whole life changed.[17]

In 2014, Taylor starred as Sarah in the thriller film The November Man.[18]

For her role in The 100, Taylor was nominated for Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy at the Teen Choice Awards from 2015 to 2018.

In 2017, Taylor starred as Kat Carter in a thriller-drama film Thumper.[19][20] The same year, she starred as Ellen Langford in the Netflix Christmas romantic comedy-drama film Christmas Inheritance.[21]

2021 - 2023: Recent work[edit]

In 2021, Taylor was an executive producer and starred in the independent romantic comedy film It Only Takes A Night.[22][23][24] The same year, she directed two music videos:"Vices" by Sarah and the Sundays,[25] in which she also had an acting role,[26] and “Bad Posture” by Abby Anderson.[27][28]

In 2022, Taylor appeared in the guest role of Doctor Villka in The Orville episode "From Unknown Graves".[29][30]

In 2023, Taylor and Morley star together in the sci-fi thriller I'll Be Watching. She is also the executive producer. The film was released on digital platforms.[31][32][33]

Personal life[edit]

Eliza Taylor and her husband, Bob Morley

On 7 June 2019, Taylor announced on Twitter that she had married Bob Morley, her co-star on The 100.[34] Taylor and Morley were originally set to direct episodes for the seventh and final season of The 100. However, Taylor was unable to direct her episode due to suffering from a miscarriage.[35]

In March 2022, they announced the birth of their first child, a son.[36]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 6 Plots Amy Challis
2013 Patrick Nurse Panicale
2014 The November Man Sarah
2017 Thumper Kat Carter/Meredith
2017 Christmas Inheritance Ellen Langford
TBA It Only Takes a Night Ruby Allen Post-production; also executive producer
2023 I'll Be Watching Julie Executive producer


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Pirate Islands Sarah Redding Main role
2003 Neighbours Jacinta Martin 2 episodes
2003–2004 The Sleepover Club Rosie Cartwright Main role (series 1)
2004 Blue Heelers Tatum O'Hara Episode: "Cast the First Stone"
2005–2008 Neighbours Janae Timmins Main role
2006 Blue Water High Heidi Lee Episode #35; uncredited[citation needed]
2008 Rush Madison Episode: "Get Lucky"
2009 Packed to the Rafters Kerry Episode: "Losing the Touch"
2009 All Saints Carly Spalding Episode: "The Two of Us"
2010 City Homicide Melissa Standish Episode: "Last Seen"
2010 Winners & Losers Bridget Gross Episode: Pilot
2012 Howzat! Kerry Packer's War Rhonda 1 episode
2013 Mr & Mrs Murder Sarah Episode: "Little Boxes"
2013 Nikita Reporter Episode: "Wanted"; uncredited[citation needed]
2014–2020 The 100 Clarke Griffin Main role; 98 episodes
2019 Josephine Lightbourne VIII Recurring role; 7 episodes
2022 The Orville Doctor Villka Episode: "From Unknown Graves"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2007 Inside Soap Awards Best Actress Neighbours Nominated [37]
2008 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Female Neighbours Nominated [38]
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy The 100 Nominated [39]
MTV Fandom Awards Ship of the Year (shared with Alycia Debnam-Carey) The 100 Nominated [40]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy The 100 Nominated [41]
Choice TV: Chemistry (shared with Bob Morley) Nominated [42]
MTV Fandom Awards Ship of the Year (shared with Alycia Debnam-Carey) The 100 Nominated [43]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress The 100 Nominated [44]
2018 Nominated [45]


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